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prince
Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020 6:43:22 PM
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I would not have expected to gain weight in 5 weeks . I would not expect to gain weight in 5 weeks.


Please explain if there is any difference between the above two sentences.

thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020 10:29:36 PM

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prince wrote:
I would not have expected to gain weight in 5 weeks.
This is an expectation that was completed in the past. The idea of gaining the weight was not expected to occur during the 5 weeks. It is past perfect.

I would not expect to gain weight in 5 weeks.
This is conditional way of looking forward into the coming 5 weeks, and believing no weight gain will happen. Given the circumstances, weight gain is not expected. Future tense is what we used to call it. I don't know what you could call it if that is no longer used.

Please explain if there is any difference between the above two sentences.

thank you.
Romany
Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020 5:55:39 AM
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I think the biggest difference between the two is that the first "I would not have expected to gain weight..." implies that the speaker HAS gained weight. (Something happened to change their mind: they actually did gain weight in that time; so now know it's possible)

Whereas the second sentence is stating that now, at this minute, you're still convinced that nothing would make [a person] gain weight in five weeks.
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